The City of Hope was created to serve the poorest of the poor in this area. The vast majority of children attending its Open Community School are AIDS orphans, street children, kids who have been abused, victims of child trafficking, refugees, and children suffering from malnutrition, lack of education and family deprivation.
There are currently over 800 students at our Open Community School. Basic education is offered to youths between the ages of 9 and 17 years. Over a four-year period, students learn the subjects offered at primary school level. After these four years of preparation, they are given an opportunity to write the government grade seven examinations. Most of these children do not have the opportunity of going to other schools due to financial means.
What began as a school for girls expanded to accommodate boys as well after the local community expressed this need. Our school has also worked to provide a feeding programme when possible, offering high protein supplementary food for our pupils, as no child can be expected to properly learn on an empty stomach. For many, this is the child’s main meal.